PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
2. DE GUZMAN, LEODY
PARTIDO LAKAS NG MASA

Leody de Guzman, 62, is an activist and labor leader who has pushed for policies to secure the rights and welfare of workers since 1984. He ran for senator in 2019 under the tagline "Manggagawa Naman" but failed to secure a seat. He currently sits as chairperson of the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, a socialist labor center and federation of militant trade unions.

He is running under the opposition coalition Laban ng Masa on a progressive and worker-centric platform hinged on a complete reform of the country’s political system to foster social development and eventually augment the economy.

De Guzman has vowed to challenge the interests of the rich by increasing taxes for billionaires, decreeing minimum wage, and banning contractualization, among others. He has also said he would halve the size of the national police and military and surrender enforcers and key figures in the current administration’s war on drugs.

Platform and Policy
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The candidate's top priorities if elected to office, tracked against previous promises and accomplishments, if any

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Health; Pandemic response
 
Workers’ rights and welfare
 
Climate
 
Security
 
Economy; Income inequality
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Pro-people, medically-informed and demilitarized pandemic response
  2. Aid, vaccines, protection for all, including paid leaves and pay for those who get sick or go on quarantine
  3. Increased wages and benefits for healthcare workers
  4. Free quality healthcare for all
Previous Platform:
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
  1. Held online rallies and noise barrages during Labor Day 2020 amid the enhanced community quarantine to protest the administration’s lack of ayuda.
  2. Publicly questioned the presence of former military generals making policy decisions in leadership positions on the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Deviation from Previous Platform:
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Mass public employment program
  2. Increase to minimum wage to P750 a day
  3. Ban on contractualization employees
  4. Provide unemployment benefits to all displaced workers
  5. Price controls on oil, electricity, internet, water, farm inputs and other basic commodities
Previous Platform:
Senatorial platform strongly opposing contractualization and higher excise taxes from the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Law in 2019
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
Marched and organized with labor groups and unions to call for better labor conditions for workers.
Deviation from Previous Platform:
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Uphold climate justice by demanding reparations from rich countries
  2. Pursue just transition to a low carbon economy and democratically-owned, renewable and clean energy systems
  3. Repeal the Mining Act; phase out all fossil-fuel-based power plants; ecologically restore land, forests, and all bodies of water; stop all environmentally-destructive infrastructure projects; promote transport justice, and initiate a program of ecologically sustainable reindustrialization
Previous Platform:
Creation of sustainable and green jobs to restore and rehabilitate ecological and environmental balance caused by mining and other extractive industries
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
Deviation from Previous Platform:
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Immediate repeal of Anti-Terrorism Act
  2. Disbanding of Duterte’s National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict
  3. Resumption of peace talks with communist rebels
  4. Ending prosecution of media outlets
  5. Significantly reduce the budget of all security-related and defense agencies relative to the social services budget and rejected vice presidential candidate Sara Duterte’s proposal to make military service mandatory for young Filipinos
  6. Prosecute past and present public officials for crimes against public good, such as extrajudicial killings, through the local justice system and the International Criminal Court
  7. Institute direct democracy
  8. Pursue independent foreign policy
Previous Platform:
Dismantling of criminal syndicates in government agencies including the armed forces and the national police
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
Deviation from Previous Platform:
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Reorient the economy to meet domestic needs
  2. Reversal of privatization of public services by refunding and building more and better public schools, hospitals, parks, libraries, day-care centers, evacuation centres and other social assistance centers
  3. Wealth/billionaires tax on country's richest 250 families
  4. Repealing value-added tax and the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act in favor of a “more progressive” tax system
  5. Repeal of R.A. 11203, or the rice tariffication law
  6. Seizing the P126 billion Marcos ill-gotten wealth to boost the COVID-19 response budget
Previous Platform:
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
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Major Accomplishments
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The candidate's top five accomplishments and contributions for the last 15 years or so


Private Sector

De Guzman has served as chairman of the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino since 2018 but has been a ranking member of the socialist labor center since its inception in 1993. The group has long organized and consolidated militant trade unions in companies around the country calling for an overhaul of the country’s politics to a more progressive and egalitarian system.


He ran for senator in 2019 as part of the Osto Diretso slate and for the House of Representatives in 2016 under Sanlakas but failed to win a seat both times.

Actions and/or Proceedings
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Actions and/or proceedings pending against or resolved in courts or tribunals involving the candidate, based on publicly available information

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Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth
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Campaign Details
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Key details about the candidate's campaign

Campaign Manager: Sonny Melencio
Alliances and Endorsements: Walden Bello, running mate in 2022
Party History:
Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM)
President
2022
Major Donors
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Candidate's major donors and campaign funding sources

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Major Advocacies
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The candidate's top advocacies in the last 15 years or so

 
Anti-contractualization
 
Rice tariffication law
 
Rate hikes in utilities
 
Abolishing NTF-ELCAC
 
Destructive Mining
Anti-contractualization
Apr. 22, 2018 Members of the BMP mobilized a march on Mendiola calling out Pres. Duterte for not signing the executive order granting the end of contractualization.
Mar. 7, 2019 -
Ka Leody Protest Camp set up by displaced workers of Waterich Resources Corporation

Position/Date: As chair of Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino
Rice tariffication law
Nov. 14, 2021 - at Guiguinto, Bulakan - held a discussion explaining why the Rice Tariffication Law should be dissolved and the modernization of agriculture is the key to revive economy and assist the livelihood of peasant farmers

Position/Date: As chair of Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino
Rate hikes in utilities
- Called for stricter control and regulation of the oil industry as a whole amid “insufficient” one-time fuel subsidies that did not compensate lost earnings

Position/Date: As chair of Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino
Abolishing NTF-ELCAC
- Called for immediate repeal of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, turn over of President Rodrigo Duterte, Sen. Ronald dela Rosa, retired Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade, and other authors and key enforcers of the administration’s war on drugs and “red-tagging campaign” to the International Criminal Court for prosecution

Position/Date: As chair of Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino
Destructive Mining
- Transition to “green economy” with ecologically sustainable production technology, regulation of economic activities of multinational corporations, phasing out all coal-fired plants

Position/Date: As chair of Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino
Personal Details
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Basic information on the candidate's family, background and work experience

Name to appear on the ballot: DE GUZMAN, LEODY
Full Name: Leodegario “Leody” Quitain De Guzman
Birthdate: July 25, 1959 (62 years old as of election day)
Birthplace: Naujan, Oriental Mindoro
Residence: Cainta, Rizal
Religion:
Languages Spoken: Filipino, English
Parents:
Siblings:
Marital Status: Marieza Tolentino
Children:
Education:

•Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration, Philippine Maritime Institute-Colleges

Work Experience:

•Chairman, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino

•Spokesperson, Paggawa Labor Alliance

•Member, Kilusang Mayo Uno

•Councilor, International Council, International Center for Labor Solidarity

•Vice President, Asia Regional Organization of Bank, Insurance and Finance Unions

•Member, Board of Trustees, PhilRights

•Member, Board of Trustees, Bulig Visayas

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Platform of Government
 
Social Issues
 
Martial Law rights violations, Marcos family ill-gotten wealth
 
Vaccine hesitancy
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Support for women’s reproductive self-determination
  2. Decriminalization of abortion
  3. Uphold marriage equality and support alternative family arrangements
  4. Uphold non-majoritarian ethnic communities
  5. Support the passage of the divorce bill
Previous Platform; Date:
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
Deviation from Previous Platform:
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Exhumation of remains of the late dictator Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani
  2. Seizing the P126 billion Marcos ill-gotten wealth to boost the COVID-19 response budget
  3. Review all history books and counter historical revisionism in all schools
Previous Platform; Date:
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
As an activist, was arrested multiple times during protests duringMartial Law, credited for breaking into the World Bank headquarters and stealing 3,000 pages of confidential documents connecting the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to Marcos; has said that he “cannot work with” Marcos should the two of them win
Deviation from Previous Platform:
Related Policy Proposal:
Pushed for strengthening of vaccination drives by providing incentives; proposed launching house-to-house vaccination drives to duplicate local government relief and aid programs in some cities
Previous Platform; Date:
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
Pushed back against Department of Transportation’s department order banning the unvaccinated from entering and using public transportation
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